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BHS Intermediate Instructors Certificate

BHS Stage IV Riding and Horse Management Certificate 

1982 British Horse Society Intermediate Teachers Certificate

1979 British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certificate  

My Life With Horses

Regal Brown, Prelim Eventer 1980

Touch And Go, TB, 1994

Incognito, homebred Dutch x TB

Skyliner, Oldenburg, 2009

And Training
for the Future


Imported PRE Stallion,
Lebrero, 2015

Yvonne Atwood

British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor

USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist



  From Eventing in the UK to...       FEI Dressage in the USA.


   Regal Brown, Prelim Eventer, 1982                             Radiance, Danish X TB, Prix St. George, 2007

I grew up in England in a non-horsey family, but started riding at age 6 when my father (aged 40) decided to learn to ride. When I was 9, we started riding at Stoneacre Equestrian Centre, (owned by Geoffrey and Ann Chandler, both Fellows of The British Horse Society (FBHS) - the highest attainable BHS qualification) under their daughter Sheila (BHSI). The standard of horsemanship and riding far exceeded anything I had ever experienced.      

I bought my first pony, when I was 10 and over the next few years, and on several different horses, I started competing. I slowly worked my way from local gymkhanas into eventing (training/Preliminary level), show jumping (4'6"), fox hunting, team chasing, and basically anything I thought I could manage. I was a member of Cambridgeshire and Fitzwilliam pony clubs and Huntingdon riding club. I did not come from “money” and my horses were not super stars, but I made the best of what I had. I did not have a horse trailer and would hack my horses to and from horse shows and hunt meets, often an hour and a half ride each way. Many times I would be riding down the edge of a main road for miles, in pitch darkness, with my father driving his car behind me to light the way.


My father riding his horse, Chunky.                                       Riding Pippin, 1979 


Riding Pippin in the UK Pony Club 50th Jubilee at the Peterborough Agricultural Show

I became a working student for Sheila in 1979, for 6 months to train for the British Horse Society Assistant Instuctors Exam.  During my training, I had the opportunity to ride and school top quality horses in dressage and over fences, as well as starting young horses under saddle, retraining off the track TB's and exercising steeplechasers.

Once a BHSAI, I started my free-lance teaching business in England. I didn’t have my own training premises, so I drove around from farm to farm, teaching anyone with a desire to learn, and training every type and breed of horse & pony. I was a regular instructor and examiner for the Cambridgeshire, Fitzwilliam, Burghey, Newmarket and Thurlow and Littleport Pony Clubs and for several riding clubs. I also continued to compete and train my own horses.  In 1982 I passed the BHS Intermediate Instructors Certificate (made up of two separate exams – BHS Intermediate Teachers exam and BHS Stage IV Riding and Stable Management exam).

 In 1983 I was hired by Comberton community college to design a series of horsemanship classes for novice horse owners, who perhaps had not had the chance to learn through the pony club system. The course was very successful and the following year a further 9 colleges requested I run the classes, as well as a repeat course at Comberton. In the spring of 1985 Comberton College asked me to be in attendance for a visit by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. During his visit, I was presented to HRH for an informal talk and of course, the subject was horses. Quite an unexpected moment.


Yvonne on Grula, fox hunting, Nebraska, 1985.          Yvonne on Blue Danube, with Lowell Boomer 1986.  

I married my husband Alan, an American Serviceman in 1985, and moved to the USA. I have continued to teach and train horses on a free-lance basis in various states. For 15 years, I owned Winterbourne Farm, a boarding and training facility in Tennessee. I bred and trained horses for resale, including Radiance, who I trained to Prix St George level in dressage. I coached several pony club National Championships Dressage teams and judged 4H dressage at State and Regional level, as well as working with individual adult and junior horse owners. 

I currently live in Maryland at Silverthwaite Farm, Westminster and teach throughout a wide area. Students may trailer in for lessons in my outdoor arena, weather permitting.